Periodontal (gum) disease is an inflammation in the gums, which can cause serious damage to your mouth. There are three stages of gum disease ranging from mild to severe. The first stage is gingivitis, which is caused by a buildup of plaque in the gum pockets. If not treated, gingivitis can turn into the second stage, known as periodontitis, which affects the bone and fibers that hold your teeth. Advanced periodontitis is the final stage of gum disease, which can cause teeth to become loose or fall out. To treat periodontal disease, Bass River Dental offers both nonsurgical and surgical treatment options depending on the severity of the disease, including scaling and root planing, antibiotics, gum surgery, gum tissue grafting, and tooth extraction. If you have signs of a gum disease, contact our office in South Yarmouth, MA to schedule an exam and consultation with Dr. Peter Russo.
"After more than 6 months, Aspen Dental could not make my dentures fit. I fired them and chose the closest dentist to my home. It was Bass River.... after going toothless for so long and making so many trips to Aspen for adjustments that did nothing, I had lost hope. Dr Pete and crew not only managed to make my dentures wearable but they laugh at my jokes too! Thanks"- M.S. / Google / May 01, 2021
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"The best experience I’ve had with a dental clinic in a very long time. From reception to the hygienist- which she did the most comprehensive and deep cleaning of my teeth EVER. The dentist is easy going and skilled. Very pleasant experience even through extractions. The dental assistant is so efficient that the doctor rarely has to ask for something. She has it in hand before he has to. Unlike my last dentist who had to ask (seemingly unassured) what he needed next. Sometimes leaving me alone to search for what was needed from another room. I’m very happy I have found #bassriverdental @bassriverdental to restore the multiple problems my last dentist left me with. They also take dental insurance !!! Great experience all around. Micha"- M.J. / Google / Apr 29, 2021
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"The best experience I’ve had with a dental clinic in a very long time. From reception to the hygienist- which she did the most comprehensive and deep cleaning of my teeth EVER. The dentist Dr. Russo is easy going and skilled. Very pleasant experience even through extractions. The dental assistant Diane is so efficient that the doctor rarely has to ask for something. She has it in hand before he has to. Unlike my last dentist who had to ask (seemingly unassured) what he needed next. Sometimes leaving me alone to search for what was needed from another room. I’m very happy I have found #bassriverdental @bassriverdental to restore the multiple problems my last dentist left me with. They also take dental insurance !!! Great experience all around. Micha"- M.J. / Facebook / Apr 28, 2021
The earliest stage of gum disease, gingivitis, is difficult to detect on your own, which is why it is important to schedule annual dental exams at Bass River Dental. This gives our dental team an opportunity to measure your gum pockets so that a diagnosis and treatment plan can be identified before any stage of gum disease impacts your oral and overall health. As gum disease progresses, symptoms will include red or swollen gums, bleeding caused by routine brushing and flossing, receded or separated gums, and persistent bad breath. In the later stages of gum disease, you might also experience discomfort while chewing or sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures. It is very important to schedule a dental appointment if you are experiencing any of these symptoms, so that the infection can be treated before it spreads.
What to Expect
Treatment for periodontal disease will be determined by the severity of the infection. After you have been diagnosed with gum disease, we will go over recommendations for your treatment plan. For mild cases, scaling and root planing (SRP) is typically done to deep clean the pockets of the gums. In more advanced cases, an antibiotic may be prescribed in addition to multiple scaling and root planing treatments. Severe cases of periodontal disease will typically require a surgical procedure such as regenerative (grafting) or pocket reduction.
Depending on your condition and treatment plan, your recovery time will vary. You may need to schedule multiple appointments at Bass River Dental to fully treat your gum disease. Once your oral health has been restored, you should continue scheduling routine dental examinations and cleanings at Bass River Dental. You should also maintain a good at-home oral hygiene routine, which includes brushing and flossing. We may recommend an antibacterial toothpaste or mouthwash to decrease your risk of re-developing gum disease.
The cost of periodontal disease treatment will vary depending on the severity of the disease and the procedures required. If you have dental insurance, our office will contact your insurance company to determine what they cover and if there will be any additional costs. For patients without insurance, Bass River Dental accepts many payment methods and we can help you find low-interest medical financing. Concerns about costs? Please talk to our financial team during your consultation. Avoiding the dentist because of financial concerns may lead to bigger problems and more expensive treatments.
Plan Your Procedure
Gum disease will continue to progress without the proper treatment, so it is important to seek professional help as soon as any symptoms occur. At Bass River Dental, we work with you to restore your gum health and prevent future instances of infection. To learn more or to schedule a consultation, contact our office in South Yarmouth, MA.
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